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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Impression edition (25 Jan. 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140023747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140023749
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bursts at the seams with superb comic characters involved in unbelievably likely troubles on the Irish border (Observer)

Pops with the erratic brilliance of a careless match in a box of fireworks (Daily Mail)

Our first comic philosopher (Eddie Izzard)

Milligan is the Great God to all of us (John Cleese)

About the Author

The legendary and iconic figure, Spike Milligan was born at Ahmednagar in India in 1918. He received his first education in a tent in the Hyderabad Sindh desert and graduated from there, through a series of Roman Catholic schools in India and England, to the Lewisham Polytechnic. He then plunged into the world of Show Business, seduced by his first stage appearance, at the age of eight, in the nativity play of his Poona convent school. He began his career as a band musician, but became famous as a humorous scriptwriter and actor in both films and broadcasting. He was the creator, principal writer and performer of the infamous Goon Show. Spike received an honorary CBE in 1992 and Knighthood in 2000. He died in 2002.


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Bought to replace a very old, now missing, copy. A very funny book. Milligan was a genius. The mayhem is wonderful and all the threads come together beautifully at the end.
The description of the group photograph has stayed with me since I first read it years ago and the misfortunes of the undertaker and his wife still make me chuckle too.
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Spike was Crazy and this proves it, read it first when it came out, still a good goony read. Second half makes little sense, the wonder is that any of it makes sense, it's Spike Milligan the genius that was Eccles.
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This is the FUNNIEST book that I have EVER read. This is now about the 5th or 6th time that I have purchased it as every time I get it somebody sees me reading it so I tell them about it, lend it to them and don't bother asking for it back. But THIS time (I swear) it will not happen! What a brilliant story!

Thinks, "Buy Puckoon and stop penguins becoming extinct, folks!".
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I read this 40 years ago as a teenager. I was wary of reading it again in case it spoiled the memory. However, it was 100 times better reading it as an adult and understanding what Spike really thought and meant. A truly great book.
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A few good jokes and absolutely no story. The first half is good, but after that it makes no sense at all. A lot more could have been done with the premise. Some of it has dated very poorly.
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great book great story loved it
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What can I say... It is Spike! I love this book and it is the third time I have read it. Along with all of the other Spike Milligan books.
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